DROPTOPWOP by Claude J. Easy May 25, 2017
“If Young Metro Don’t Trust You I’m Gon Shoot You,” has become one of the most iconic producer tag lines over the past couple of years. Shout out to Future.
Metro Boomin, aka Leland Wayne, aka Young Metro, or simply just Metro has made his way to the top of list, ranking with some of the best producers ever. At the age of 23, Metro already has 9 platinum records and 10 gold records.
But his latest project with Gucci Mane may truly cement him as the GOAT. The album titled DROPTOPWOP may have just dropped but it’s already too fire and actually celebrates Gucci’s one-year anniversary release from prison.
While his status solidified, Young Metro started small like everyone else. He began making music at 13 years old in St. Louis, creating simple beats he could rap over after his mom gave him a laptop and early music production software Fruity Loops. He fell in love with creating and the idea of becoming a producer.
Metro directed his focus on hip-hop production and honed his talents using social media platforms to take his career to the next level.
Metro’s breakthrough came with an appearance on Bricksquad artist Tray Don’s Death of Tay Beatz: The Rise of Tay Don in 2010. Metro was only 16.
This collaboration with the BrickSquad family sparked relationships that would change Metro’s life forever, getting to work with Waka, Future, Gucci, French, OJ Da Juiceman, Dj Esco, Zeytoven, and many other huge artists thereafter.
But even before this, he had to pave his way. He faced struggles early on and could’ve easily gave up. Metro Boomin told The Fader in 2013,
I couldn’t catch a break. I went to Morehouse for a semester. That shit was really a lot. Studio then class right after, I was driving myself crazy.
Good thing he didn’t.
Working alongside Future and Kanye West on “Honest,” and executive producing Monster, spawning the hit single, “Commas.” How could we forget Metro’s work on two of the best recent hip-hop projects to drop, What a Time to Be Alive and DS2?
After producing three tracks on Kanye’s TLOP, working with 21 Savage, and his work with Future, including the memable “Mask Off,” he’s ready to take that next step that only Gucci Mane could assist with.
If you haven’t heard the “Mask Off Remix” with Kendrick Lamar yet check it out here.
Salute to Metro for his musical excellence and getting to the bread.